Democratic Rights attacked

The Liberal city council has banned Max Chandler-Mather from putting up signs like these. Max is running in the seat of Griffith for the Greens in the 2022 Federal Election. Brisbane City Council has banned his organisation from putting up more than a few signs around the seat of Griffith.

My protest for this undemocratic action is to put up his sign and not to take it down as requested by council.… Go to Article

The May Day Foco Nuevo

The May Day concert features guest musicians Sarah Irvine and the Combined Unions Choir joining Jumping Fences for their next garden concert.

Friday 6th May
31 Arras Street, Yeronga
Doors open 6.00 p.m.
Music starts 6.30 p.m.
$10 admission 
(Eftpos available)

Our May Day concert features our guest musicians Sarah Irvine and the Combined Unions Choir joining Jumping Fences for the next concert in our backyard setting.
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Palestinian Al Nakba, 2022

Palestinian Nakba rally and march

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022 AT 5:30 PM

King George Square

May 15 1948 is the anniversary of the Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. This year we will join in solidarity with the Palestinian people to mark the anniversary on the 13th of May at 5.30pm in King George Square in Brisbane/Meanjin.… Go to Article

SEARCH Foundation: Election 2022

History of SEARCH

The SEARCH foundation arose about the same time the Communist party of Australia (CPA) liquidated itself in 1991. SEARCH assets that came directly from the Communist Party were devoted to academic publications, music & the arts and to fund small ‘community’ organisation like the Grassroots Centre in West End in Brisbane/Meanjin that Norma Nord ran until rents became too high.… Go to Article

Sleeping Tiger, hidden Dragon …

“If you want peace, prepare for war” – Australian Defence Minister, Peter Dutton.

It is sheer hypocrisy for Scott Morrison, the United States policeman in the Asia-Pacific, to say that a military base on Solomon Islands would be a ‘red line’ for Australia and the US. What is Morrison’s problem with a Chinese military base in the Solomons when there are hundreds of US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region and some new ones in Australia.… Go to Article

In time of war, march for peace

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service, and during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. – Major General Smedley D. Butler in 1931.… Go to Article

US blockade on Cuba

Recently the Australia-Cuba friendship society completed a successful campaign ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’. During the campaign it became evident that people were not aware that there is a existing and long-standing United States blockade of Cuba. This has had serious effects on the Cuban people and must be stopped.… Go to Article

Council bans political signs

“The changes … help reduce the wastefulness and the significant free-for-all and visual pollution across the city …” – LNP Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner 20 May 2021.

Defy the Ban

Brisbane City Council has placed a limit on political signage in front yards and threatened the Greens and their supporters with fines if they do not remove them.… Go to Article

The Ukrainian government is rounding up Leftists

‘Not One Inch Eastward – Secretary of State James A. Baker in a deal made in early February 1990 with Mikhail Gorbachev, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

The President of Ukraine, Zelensky, has suspended civil rights for a number of political groups. Any group with socialism or communism as its goal has been banned if it had not already been.… Go to Article

Australia-Cuba campaign success

The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. – Che Guevara

Some observations on the ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love‘ campaign.

By any estimation this was a successful campaign that highlighted the importance of challenging the United States blockade of Cuba.… Go to Article

They ‘hide the poor, and kill the prophets’

The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets
.”
Phil Berrigan

On Good Friday (15 April 2022), 4ZZZ’s Andy Paine interviewed well-known political activist Ciaron O’Reilly. During the interview Ciaron claimed that the authorities in the US wouldn’t pick on political activists in prison whom they thought had political ‘reach on the outside‘.… Go to Article

From-Australia-to-Cuba-with-Love completes the double!

The From-Australia-to-Cuba-with-Love challenge managed to complete the journey from Australia to Cuba and back! 29,744 kms with two days to spare.! Here are the latest results just in:

Tour de Brisbane 2022 – Results for Australia to Cuba with Love Team.

Lachlan Hurse covered the 80 kms course in 3hrs:21mins:19.87secs and came 334th overall and 22nd in his age category.… Go to Article

The Good Samaritan

I wish no living thing to suffer pain.” – Prometheus Unbound (Shelley).

It is ironic that Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, would choose Palm Sunday as the day to call the federal election. A day of peace to call an election for a government that supports war.

Meanwhile Dr Peter Catt – Dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral and Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce had a very different take on the election at the annual Palm Sunday Peace rally in Brisbane/Meanjin on 10 April 2022.… Go to Article

# Vote Them Out

The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, waited till Palm Sunday (10 April) to declare the Federal election. The election will be held on 21 May 2022. Morrison claims that he ‘was called to do God’s work as prime minister‘. A curious line when you consider that about one in three Australians do not identify with any religion.… Go to Article

From Zero to Go-Between

A Review: My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend by Tracey Thorne (2021), Canongate Books Ltd.

What a strange and enthralling book by Tracey Thorn (Marine Girls, Everything But a Girl). This biography begins with a letter to her friend Lindy Morrison [Shrew, Zero (1979-80), Go Betweens (1980-89)] stating blankly: “I’ve written it down, written you down, told all your stories, tried to capture you in the pages of a book.”Go to Article

Film Launch “Ithaka” Brisbane / Meanjin

BRISBANE – Stand with Julian Assange’s Dad *Film Launch “Ithaka” *New Farm *Mon. April 11th 6.30pm (BOOK!….details below) 

*John Shipton speaking at Peace Rally Palm Sunday April 10th 2-4pm, King George Square

*For More Information Ph. John Jiggens 0403 264 216

  Filmed over two years across the UK, Europe and the US, this documentary follows 76 year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange.
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Kicking Russia out of the UN?!

The war in Ukraine should never have begun. Now the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, tells the United Nations it should exclude Russia. How is that going to achieve peace? Someone please tell me how kicking Russia out of the Security Council is going to work? Especially when Russia is one of two main protagonists ?… Go to Article

Peaceful assembly is under attack

Rather than addressing the increase in carbon di-oxide emissions in Australia, parliaments around the country are attacking people opposed to the companies that causing them.

Anti-coal activists are bearing the brunt of an onslaught from parliaments in the coal rich states of NSW and Qld. In Queensland it was the anti-lock on laws introduced by the Labor government.… Go to Article

The strange case of Mohammed el Halabi

A Palestinian man jailed in Gaza by the Israeli authorities on the basis that he streamed $50 million from the Australian Government to Hamas, a organization labeled as being a terrorist group by both Israeli and Australian governments. Despite an audit by DFAT the Israelis continued to detain Mohamed el Halabi even though he has the full support of World Vision’s former CEO here in Australia, Kim Costello, the brother of the former treasurer of Australia, Peter Costello.… Go to Article

World Vision on trial in Palestine

We post this message from The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN)

Mohammed el Halabi, the former manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza, has been detained by the Israeli authorities for nearly 6 years.

Mohammed el Halabi at World Vision

He is accused of diverting million of dollars in aid, much donated by the Australian government, to armed groups for “terrorism” purposes.… Go to Article

‘Not one inch’

WAR — ”Where we send our youth to kill people who are not our enemies for people who are not our friends.”

It is over 50 years since Lieutenant Calley and his platoon committed war crimes at a village called Mỹ Lai in Vietnam. Calley was later tried for murdering or ordering the murder of civilians in the village of Mỹ Lai in 1968.… Go to Article

Vale David Franken

School photo of David

I went to school with David when he lived with his mother in one of the steepest hills in Brisbane: Miskin Street, Toowong. He was in my class at St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace where he became a prefect in Senior year. He was President of the chess club, an under-officer in the airforce cadets receiving an award on speech night and was a member of the school debating team.… Go to Article

Defend the blockade of Port Botany

HAPPENING NOW: BLOCKADE OF PORT BOTANY: this continent’s largest container port.

“On Monday, one of the protesters at Port Botany, Max Curmi, was sentenced to four months in prison for his action dramatically climbing a 60 metre crane at the port. Max is the third climate activist to be given a prison sentence in the last few months – late last year Sergeio Herbert was sentenced to one year but is currently out on bail with an appeal pending, while Juliet Lamont was given a one month suspended sentence.… Go to Article

The Morrison government

This satirical video shows some of the PM’s gaffes since the Liberal National Party government was elected on 24 August 2018 and still remains in office (by one seat?).

Close observers will realise that the quotes come from speeches when the Morrison government was under pressure on important issues (other than an inability to play the ukelele) .… Go to Article